Monday, April 25, 2011
Forty Days Without Facebook (Twitter too)
I have been giving up something during the season of Lent for the past couple of years. (The year I gave up Starbucks was not fun.) I am not Catholic although I think Protestants, like myself, can learn a few things from our fellow Christian brothers and sisters. (I am still waiting to see Rick Warren cruse around in a Pope Mobile).
This years Fast of Facebook and Twitter began with a conversation with my wife. Discussing what would be a worthy sacrifice, she joked with me about giving up the Tweet because my phone is always chirping.
Hey, if I can please God and my wife with the same cause, that's definitely a win.
In the beginning it was not that big a deal.
It was was nice to fly under the social radar for a change.
I find it interesting when someone who I have not talked to would comment later in a convo about my status as if I mentioned something to them face to face. I guess that's where this social thing is heading. As time went on things began to happen in the social collective conscious that I found myself wanting to join and add my two cents to "the cloud."
The banter and trash talk of March Madness left me locked in the lockeroom, however I don't think anybody had any brackets to brag about this year. Shaka Smart is not just a new Spider-Man villain, and I always seem to pick Kansas on the wrong year.
Rob Bell happend to release a book that blew up the Blogs and the Pulpit. It was nice to see Christian's get Theological for a change and not just try to have the Best Life Now. The topic of Hell was a hot conversation that seemed to have cooled off of late, as long as John Piper does not cast any one else into the nether-regions with another Farewell social smack-off.
When things get hot and bloggy, you need something light and fluffy to bring some levity. During times like these with high gas prices and earthquakes our biggest dilemma will be, "Which seat should I take...?"
It could be that 2012 will be the end of the universe or maybe it could all end on Friday.
I wouldn't be surprised that if the Apocalypse does happen soon, Charlie Sheen might have something to do with it.
Despite all the interesting things or absolutely absurd things that have happened in the past 40 days here are the Top Ten things I have learned from my social media Sabbath.
1. Twitter is for friends and Facebook is for family.
2. Social Media can take up a lot of your time and you not even know it.
3. A real hand to hold is much better than virtual "thumbs up."
4. America still does not know what real music is.
5. Christians love talking about eternity much more than engaging it.
6. The best conversations are the ones face to face.
7. It felt good to have my first tweet in 40 days be about the Love of Jesus.
8. It felt good to have my second tweet be about the Flyers forcing a game 7.
9. Social Media is not a bad thing or a trendy thing, but it is all in how you use it.
10. Some of the best things in life are better left off Facebook & Twitter.
You might have noticed a different blog format and title. There is a reason for that. A lot has happened in the past 40 days, but you will just have to keep reading to find out all the interesting details to come.
Maybe I'll post on Friday or Saturday, but then again Sunday does come afterwards.
(Thanx for sticking around and reading.)